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Just In: Zim, EU Launch Formal Political Dialogue

The Zimbabwean government and the European Union today launched the formal  Political dialogue which is expected to improve the relations between the two countries.

Speaking at the launch of the dialogue, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, James Manzou, said the dialogue followed three years of informal exchange between the two institutions.

“I’m delighted that after three years of useful and informal exchange between the two countries our principles have given us the mandate to take the Zimbabwe, EU relations to the next level through engaging in a formal dialogue under article 8 of the Cotonou partnership agreement,’ said Manzou.

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Added Manzou: ” Through this formal dialogue, we have been given the task to come together as equal partners and find ways to work together and strengthen relations between Zimbabwe and the European Union. I believe that a stronger EU and Zimbabwe relationship would help actualize the vision 2030 for the wellbeing of the people of Zimbabwe

Speaking at the same event EU Head of Delegation Ambassador, Mr Timo Olkkonen, said the dialogue must become an integral part of the relations between Zimbabwe and EU.

“This should provide a platform to exchange views and identify areas where we can deepen our relations as well as finding common ground on issues we disagree on.

The dialogues’ priority areas include Trade and Investment, Human Rights, Human Rights, Good Governance, Climate Change among other things.

EU Head of Delegation Ambassador Mr Timo Olkkonen supported by ambassadors from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Romania, Spain, France, Greece, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Ireland attended the dialogue.

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